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Not your mom's map!

  • May 27, 2009
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First off, Microsoft MapPoint 2009 is NOT a Google Maps wanna be. Yes they can both be used to map out trips. Yes, they can both be used to find nearby businesses. But for me, that is where the similarity ends. Only a few years ago to map out demographic data took months of research and the hand recreation of data onto a map. With MapPoint 2009 a click of a button imports select US Census data and automatically overlays that information on the map. Tie this with the software's ability to define territories and companies can now many valid decisions on where best to spend its time and effort. What I wouldn't have done for this 10 years ago!

Other reviewers have said that the interface is "not fluid" and "kludgy". While I have not used any previous versions of MapPoint, I can truthfully say that I cannot disagree more. I am an avid gamer and the map controls are very similar to those that have been developed for real-time strategy gaming. I found the controls to not only be fluid, but to make more sense than the control schemes mentioned in other reviews. That said, I do wish there were more options for push pins. I find the existing options greatly lacking. Perhaps as I use the software more I will find ways to make the pins and their tags easier to identify at a glance.

The Route Planner function has already proven very useful. Do you need to make a lot of deliveries? Create push pins for all of the locations you service, then active the Route Planner. You can then add the locations you need to visit that day. When you are done, select "Optimize Stops". That is all there is to it.

After your route is planned, click on "Find Coupons". After all, a person's got to eat. Restaurants and other businesses located along your path will be displayed. Click on the business and you'll be given the option to print a coupon. Even 20% off of fast food can add up pretty quick.

Overall I give Microsoft MapPoint 4 out of 5 stars. If I had a GPS, perhaps it would earn the full 5. However, the cost versus what I am using it for is a little steep when compared to similar products. Still, it's a great product if you are going to use it for all that it has to offer.

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MapPoint 2009 gives you the power to visualize business data and communicate insights with instant impact. Before you hit the road, plug in your stops and MapPoint plots the most efficient course with turn-by-turn driving directions.MapPoint 2009 with GPS Locatoradds routing and directions to easily plan your trips and track your location in real-time.

Business Mapping Made Simple
Microsoft MapPoint 2009 gives you the power to visualize business data, communicate insights with instant impact, and integrate maps into the work you do in Microsoft Office. MapPoint 2009 with GPS Locator adds routing and directions to easily plan your trips and track your location in real-time.

MapPoint 2009 makes it easy for organizations to visualize their business in a whole new way:

  • Map business data.
    Create and view sales territories, analyze trends, and evaluate performance by geography.
  • Identify new business opportunities.
    Combine business data with included demographics to target potential customers and focus decisions.

MapPoint 2009 helps you streamline your travel:

  • Arrive on time.
    Detailed directions--voice* and text-prompted--make it easy to follow your route.
  • Optimize your trip.
    Quickly calculate mileage, drive time, and expenses in advance.
  • Easy-to-see navigation.
    Track your route in real-time in Full Screen display.* Change to the special Night Map display with a single click.

MapPoint 2009 makes it easy to use maps in combination with your Microsoft Office documents:

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